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Environmental Contributions of Some Traditional Techniques

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Sengupta, Nirmal
Conference: Seventh International Conference of the International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Location: Beijing
Conf. Date: June 19-25, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/280
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): irrigation
water resources
indigenous institutions
Abstract: "This paper discusses the positive effects of some traditional irrigation and water harvesting systems of India towards salinity control. Some of these , like the khadin of western India are still surviving. Currently some studies are available which describe how the system survived for hundreds of years in spite of being located in a highly salinity prune tract. Other traditional system like in north India, have been replaced by modern techniques. In their case it is only possible to document the past conflict between farmers and irrigation agencies on this issue and also that certain recent recommendations for salinity control establish the correctness of the old approach. Important lessons may be learnt from studying these traditional systems."

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